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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Why I can’t stand Tony La RussaBuried in this story about Khalil Greene going back on the DL is this nugget:
The Cardinals purchased the contract of 24-year-old righty Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Memphis. That move restores pitching staff to 13 after one day with a dozen following the acquisition of Mark DeRosa from the Indians.
"Restores." And one whole day with a twelve-man staff? Whatever did the Cardinals do to survive such dire straits? Oh wait, they didn't. They got killed by the Giants last night. I'm sure the thirteenth man in the pen would have made the difference.
There was a time -- I think it was a week ago Thursday -- when teams managed to get by with something less than thirteen men in the pen. The greatest trick that Tony La Russa ever pulled was convincing baseball that such a thing was unthinkable.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:34pm
LaRussa tried the “every pitcher goes three innings” stunt while in Oakland, July 1993 soon after the All-Star Game. The pitchers hated it. And that was a pretty bad team, so it didn’t deliver any results that could be called positive.
Posted 07/01 at 10:45 AM
The “every pitcher goes 3 inns” was originally tried by the Cubs, a looong time ago. With staffs reaching 13, they’ve hit the wall unless rosters are expanded, and that’s not gonna happen.
Posted 07/01 at 03:55 PM